365 Ways #261–It hurts when I do this Posted on November 09, 2010, 0 Comments
#261--Many exercises can be performed statically, if necessary, when pain precludes movement. The protocol here is to find a position that does not elicit any discomfort, and hold it for a designated period of time (e.g., sixty seconds). Due to the body’s unique ability to strengthen not only in the position held, but also 15°above and below the held position, pain-free range of motion should gradually increase. The person can then train in this new pain-free range of motion which will eventually increase in approximately 30° intervals until full movement is obtained. The critical concept to understand here is that if you are experiencing pain other than muscular discomfort, something is wrong—form, core function, flexibility, etc.—and needs to be addressed.